Wachter Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014
19 Reviews
2.9
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Travel the world

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    Former Employee - Comm Tech  in  Lowell, AR
    Former Employee - Comm Tech in Lowell, AR

    I worked at Wachter as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They will train you on everything

    Cons

    I think getting a raise and your benifits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work in the right circumstances

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Lowell, AR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lowell, AR

    I have been working at Wachter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits were recently changed due to the federal law changing but it is still less than $100 a month for family coverage and it is great ins. Freedom to make decisions. lotts of opportunity for change.

    Cons

    There is a lot of old ways people do things tough to change, lots of excess in processes, a lot of chiefs, paperwork, too much seperation btwn deparrtments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Service electrician

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wachter

    Pros

    Lots of work and opportunity to make money. They'll provide you with decent equipment and communication devices. You're paid while driving and they pay food allowances and lodging if you're on the road. Great company to work for if you have no life or family.

    Cons

    Limited network of support, no organized course of action with regard to similar issues. Dangerous work environments with no assistance or support. Constant push to complete work under improbable situations. Limited training and poor interaction between management and employees. Pay is below scale, and insurance package is constantly changing. You spend a lot of time troubleshooting issues due to sub standard equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your field techs to really get information about best practices and techniques to implement. Maybe you'll evolve into a world class organization.

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  5.  

    It's a job, I guess.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lowell, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, AR

    I have been working at Wachter full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Possibly something, cant think of any though. Cons highly outweigh any pros.

    Cons

    This place is a revolving door overburdening and burning out employee after employee. They will bring you on with promises of great grandeur only to let you down time after time in hopes you will quit and they can bring in the next peon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some value on your employees. Treat them as human beings- not mule's. Show some genuine interest in the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    structurally and culturally challenged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wachter full-time

    Pros

    great people and benefits, respectable attempts at establishing a marketable business model and ability to deliver

    Cons

    challenged in melding old school incumbent practices and new thought advancements needed to extend and expand business with a 'one team' approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    advance go to market strategies, eliminate obstacles associated with delivering competitive, efficient, effective multi-departmental solutions and service delivery (profit centers, overhead, execution, pricing), take measures to instill integrity in LBU transactions posted (wrong cost centers inaccurate view of LBU Profit margins, bad data used to make high level decisions)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overload

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wachter

    Pros

    One pro use to be insurance. However, they are now charging a monthly premium for insurance. HR does care and listens but there is not much they can do to help lower the work load for project managers. We Can work from home at times. Work phone provided.

    Cons

    Low pay. Very high work load per FTE. Lots of traveling and very little to no training. Operating system crashes a lot. Project managers work 24/7/365. We are on call at all times even when on vacation. They make you feel bad for asking for time off. Very high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the staff you have. Work out a system to have a back up to each PM so they can take days off. Over working employees will leave and history has proven that. Have the owner come to Lowell more often. 90% have never meet him before and worked here for 2 years.

  8.  

    An excellent career path employer!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Lowell, AR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lowell, AR

    I have been working at Wachter full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Upper Management appreciates, and acknowledges career oriented employees who do well, and take pride in the service and support provided to their customers and fellow employees. Wachter is proud of their culture, ethics, training, and high standards which sometimes strikes against the grain of the disgruntled, and non-career oriented employees.

    Cons

    Project Management can be quite stressful when you take to heart your role and responsibilities (and GPM!). Long hours will infringe on personal life, but it is very rewarding when your efforts and dedication is acknowledged by those you support and perform for. Wages tend to be lower than other like companies, but quickly becomes more competitive when you become a top performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have great respect for upper management in my regional office and beyond, but I have only met personally our Human Resource Director from our corporate office in Lenexa. I know the top brass executives are super busy in their whirlwind, but it would be an added benefit if they carved out some time to meet middle management, dispatchers, and other personnel regularly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging, yet rewarding.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Lowell, AR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lowell, AR

    I have been working at Wachter full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Growing company with lots of room for advancement if you're a top performer. Recent changes in managers and management styles has made Wachter a much better place to work in the last few years. Fast paced and challenging environment makes it an exciting place to work. Top managers are involved and concerned about every employee's wellbeing, so you feel valued and respected. Morale tends to be high, and the health benefits are good too.

    Cons

    The fast pace and long hours are not for everyone, the deadlines and profit goals can be challenging. It can be very stressful. The pay tends to be at the lower end of the range compared to similiar companies, but fairly quick advancement will benefit the top performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing! Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Bad to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bucket Truck Operator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bucket Truck Operator in New York, NY

    I worked at Wachter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits only, work performed is under paid

    Cons

    Dispatchers know nothing of electrical work , your expected to violate OSHA regulations , little to no knowledge of labor laws , Wachter Electrical Service in Lowell AR is under FBI investigation. Lowell hires people with only 1 to 3 years electrical experience for journeyman level work , no training in areas needed to do controlled lighting work I.E. Novar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brad Botteron owner of company you need to clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor project management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Installation Tech  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Security Installation Tech in New York, NY

    I worked at Wachter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    when they are in need they support you

    Cons

    poor managers not knowing the work they doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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